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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | January 25, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Green Bay Packers wide receiver Antonio %% Freeman grew up on the east side of Baltimore where basketball was the dominant sport, and almost every child was headed to the NBA. %%%% But with the Super Bowl only a day away, Freeman is glad the NBA gave way to the NFL. He will start for the Packers tomorrow in Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots."
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January 26, 2010
Take the retirement watch Harvey Fialkov, Sun Sentinel Watching 40-year-old Brett Favre getting battered Sunday was painful. It reminded me of that photograph of over-the-hill Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle on his knees with blood streaming down his bald head in his final season. And of 43-year-old Mets center fielder Willie Mays stumbling around in the '73 World Series. I thought of a slow-reacting Muhammad Ali getting pummeled by Larry Holmes, then16 years later shaking from Parkinson's while lighting the Olympic torch.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Bill Parcells found out how the other half lives in the Super Bowl last night.The New England Patriots coach told his team that if it got this far, he'd take care of the rest.Parcells forgot that he was coaching an AFC team this time.Parcells won two Super Bowls coaching the New York Giants, but he was just another AFC coach as the Green Bay Packers drilled Parcells' Patriots, 35-21, in Super Bowl XXXI.A Parcells team had never given up more than 21 points in a playoff game.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- From the first day of training camp, there was only one acceptable outcome this season for the Green Bay Packers.Last night, the Packers embraced their destiny with a 35-21 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI before a Louisiana Superdome crowd of 72,301.The most complete team in the NFL used all its weapons -- from the quick-strike passing game of Brett Favre to the dynamic return game of Desmond Howard to the big-play defense led by Reggie White -- to extend the NFC's winning streak in the Super Bowl to 13 games.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1997
The best-kept secret in the NFL is finally out in the open.The Green Bay Packers have a running game.And a pretty efficient one at that, even if the names of the principals are hardly recognizable.Unlike past seasons, when the Packers' offense operated almost solely on the passing arm of quarterback Brett Favre, this year's team can count on the rush to move the ball.It did in an NFC semifinal victory over the San Francisco 49ers, when Edgar Bennett sliced through the muck of rain-drenched Lambeau Field for 80 of the Packers' 139 rushing yards.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Green Bay Packers return specialist Desmond Howard received his Most Valuable Player Award, the trip to Disney and then took a phone call from the president.Never in the 31 year history of the Super Bowl has so much fuss been mave over a return guy.But then, never has a return guy been selected Super Bowl MVP.Howard, the former bust with the Washington Redskins, set an NFL post season record with a 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and set a Super Bowl record with 90 yards in punt returns (six)
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS - The evidence of Green Bay being a superior team was not in the final score, but by the way the Packers couldn't put the New England Patriots away until late in the game, and still come away with a 35-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXI last night at the Super Dome.The Packers weren't sharp, but still beat New England fairly covincingly. Forget about the Patriots being close, New England was only as close as the Packers would allow them until the last Drew Bledsoe interception with 1: 03 left in the game.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 23, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- When free safety Eugene Robinson first learned that the Green Bay Packers were working on a trade to pry him out of Seattle last summer, his initial response was incredulity.He had played 11 distinguished -- although mostly losing -- seasons with the Seahawks, and now the man on the other end of the phone was telling Robinson what a wonderful time he'd have in Wisconsin."We're going to get you down here," Packers defensive end Reggie White said. "We're praying for you."It was not exactly what Robinson wanted to hear.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1997
The concept of free agency is still a thorny issue in Green Bay, Wis., which may explain why Packers general manager Ron Wolf sounds like a carnival barker on occasion."
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Will he stay or will he go?New England coach Bill Parcells barely had begun to digest his first Super Bowl loss when the questions bombarded him. After a week in which reports of Parcells' imminent departure from the Patriots to take over the New York Jets overshadowed his team's preparations for Super Bowl XXXI, Parcells faced a bank of bright lights and microphones at the Superdome last night.Reporters asked him about the game, but their minds clearly were on other matters.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
You can almost picture the advertising executives in a huddle, plotting their crucial play. The sponsor signals from the sidelines, the creative team snaps the ball and the agency runs with it. And after 30 seconds their time is up. Shocked, everyone asks: "THAT cost a million dollars?"Whether the mind-boggling barrage of mostly mundane Super Bowl commercials is worth what advertisers pay, they are, to many viewers, a spectator sport more interesting than the game. And, as always, it's not the most expensive ads people will be talking about today around the water cooler.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- The Green Bay Packers put the title back in Titletown, USA, last night, whipping the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, 35-21, for the 12th NFL championship of their storied franchise.The Packers got a Most Valuable Player performance from kick returner Desmond Howard, two long touchdown passes from quarterback Brett Favre and three second-half sacks from defensive leader Reggie White.And for the 13th straight year, an NFC team won the league's showcase game.Howard, a former Heisman Trophy winner, delivered the play of the game.
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January 27, 1997
First quarter.. .. .. .. .. .. .1 .. ..2 .. ..3 .. ..4 --New England .. ...14 .. .. .. .. .. .. ...--Green Bay .. .. ..10 .. .. .. .. .. .. ...--GB--Rison 54 pass from Favre (Jacke kick), 3: 32. Green Bay 7, New England 0.GB--FG Jacke 37, 6: 18. Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 1: 58. Green Bay 10, New England 0.NE--Byars 1 pass from Bledsoe (Vinatieri kick), 8: 25. Green Bay 10, New England 7.NE--Coates 4 pass from Bledsoe (Vinatieri kick), 12: 27. New England 14, Green Bay 10.Second quarter.. .. .. .. .. .. .1 .. ..2 .. ..3 .. ..4 --New England .. ...14 .. ..0 .. .. .. .. ..--Green Bay .. .. ..10 .. .17 .. .. .. .. ..--GB--Freeman 81 pass from Favre (Jacke kick)
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Green Bay Packers return specialist Desmond Howard received his Most Valuable Player Award, the trip to Disney and then took a phone call from the president.Never in the 31 year history of the Super Bowl has so much fuss been mave over a return guy.But then, never has a return guy been selected Super Bowl MVP.Howard, the former bust with the Washington Redskins, set an NFL post season record with a 99 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and set a Super Bowl record with 90 yards in punt returns (six)
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS - The evidence of Green Bay being a superior team was not in the final score, but by the way the Packers couldn't put the New England Patriots away until late in the game, and still come away with a 35-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXI last night at the Super Dome.The Packers weren't sharp, but still beat New England fairly covincingly. Forget about the Patriots being close, New England was only as close as the Packers would allow them until the last Drew Bledsoe interception with 1: 03 left in the game.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- He was, at once, dazzling and perplexing. From series to series, sometimes from play to play, he combined pinpoint passes with terrible decisions and strange throws, all of which added up to the puzzling inconsistency that continues to dog New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe,When the Patriots review their 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, they surely cannot hang all of the blame on their young, star, somewhat enigmatic passer.After...
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- He was, at once, dazzling and perplexing. From series to series, sometimes from play to play, he combined pinpoint passes with terrible decisions and strange throws, all of which added up to the puzzling inconsistency that continues to dog New England quarterback Drew Bledsoe,When the Patriots review their 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, they surely cannot hang all of the blame on their young, star, somewhat enigmatic passer.After...
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By VITO STELLINO and VITO STELLINO,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- It was a long way from Poly High School for Baltimore's Antonio Freeman.On the biggest stage in American sports, he made a dramatic play last night was brought into the interview room to describe it from the podium.He said one thought flashed though his mind when he was streaking towards the end zone on the longest play from scrimmage in Super Bowl history, an 81- yard strike from Brett Favre."All I could think about was all those people who doubted me coming out of college, saying I couldn't go across the middle, I wasn't fast enough, I didn't have 4.3 speed.
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By John Eisenberg | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Desmond Howard was five questions into his post-game interview when an NFL official yanked him off the podium.The dozens of reporters who had gathered to hear Howard raised a roaring protest.The official quickly returned to the microphone with an explanation."Desmond just got a phone call," he said. "The White House is calling."Ah. Well. Never mind then.Howard was back at the podium three minutes later, wearing a smile the size of the Superdome."The president said he had watched the game on a big-screen TV with a bunch of congressmen," Howard said.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Bill Parcells found out how the other half lives in the Super Bowl last night.The New England Patriots coach told his team that if it got this far, he'd take care of the rest.Parcells forgot that he was coaching an AFC team this time.Parcells won two Super Bowls coaching the New York Giants, but he was just another AFC coach as the Green Bay Packers drilled Parcells' Patriots, 35-21, in Super Bowl XXXI.A Parcells team had never given up more than 21 points in a playoff game.
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